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Women play a critical and growing role in franchising. In our Annual Women's Issue, we profiled 28 "C-Suite Women." We share their profiles in this new weekly series.
  • Franchise Update
  • 2,984 Reads 41 Shares
Women play a critical and growing role in franchising. In our Annual Women's Issue, we profiled 28 "C-Suite Women." We share their profiles in this new weekly series
  • Franchise Update
  • 2,864 Reads 70 Shares
On one end of the spectrum of international expansion is the thought that you are offering consumers in other countries the opportunity to partake in an American experience and nothing will change from market to market.
  • Kay Ainsley
  • 1,483 Reads
3 ways Firehouse Subs uses email marketing to build its brand
  • Colby Cavanaugh
  • 4,426 Reads 28 Shares
Matt Rusconi, who recently added a hot new tech franchise to his two restaurant brands, has a refreshing attitude toward work: he loves it.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 5,545 Reads 8 Shares
In 2015, when opportunity came knocking, Susan Boresow answered the bell. At the time she was CMO at Massage Envy. Today she's president of Title Boxing Club, the boutique fitness franchise that specializes in boxing and kickboxing fitness classes with more than 160 locations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,134 Reads 74 Shares
Consolidation arguably has been one of the largest and most important trends in the franchise sector in the past few years, and it's not hard to see why.
  • Dean Zuccarello
  • 24,212 Reads 48 Shares
Market research and customer data analytics are front and center for Debbie Gonzalez, chief brand officer at Massage Envy.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,567 Reads 2 Shares
The chip card (EMV) deadline passed in October 2015. Yet according to industry accounts, fewer than 50 percent of retail and restaurant outlets were set up by the end of December 2016 to accept cards this way.
  • Tom Epstein
  • 35,622 Reads 2 Shares
Debbie Gonzalez loves trying new and fresh ways to market a brand. Before moving into franchising with Massage Envy in 2014, she held marketing leadership roles at Kellogg's, Gerber, Herman Miller, and PetSmart.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 1,241 Reads
Franchisees need to be telling their story to legislators and the public. It's one of the best ways to eliminate misperceptions about how small businesses operate.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 31,133 Reads 2 Shares
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K'Zell "Zelly" Wesson took his pro basketball career global more than 17 years ago. He currently plays in Turkey as a forward for Afyonkarahisar Belediyespor, a team in the Turkish Basketball League. But the 6-foot-7-inch Wesson is also making sure he's got game as he nears the end of his playing days--by investing in and growing a chain of Workout Anytime fitness gyms in the USA.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 36,699 Reads 362 Shares
Uncertainty is the bane of business. Although the regulatory environment of the past few years seemed bent on attacking the franchise business model, the early drama and politics of the incoming administration seem to be creating a new kind of uncertainty.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 30,860 Reads
Robert Schermer, Jr., CEO of Meritage Hospitality Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., hails from the school of life that says, "Go big or go home."
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 21,362 Reads
In mid-2015, Sentinel Capital Partners acquired Fazoli's from Sun Capital. Sentinel, which had scooped up Checkers and Rally's, Newk's Eatery, and TGI Fridays the year before, targeted an aggressive growth strategy for the nearly 30-year-old brand.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,214 Reads 3 Shares
We spoke with three brands, Buffalo Wings & Ring, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Meineke Car Care Centers to see how they are using social media and digital technology for customer engagement and as a local marketing tool for their franchisees.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 18,133 Reads 1 Shares
Today, at 38, Garrard still works out every day, but he's not just pumping iron in his post-NFL career—he's pumping profits from his two Retro Fitness gyms.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 35,936 Reads 3 Shares
Each year, in the run-up to the annual Franchise Leadership & Development Conference, franchise brands that pre-register can choose to have themselves mystery shopped by a team of sales and lead generation experts.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 2,433 Reads
When a competitor set up shop too close to Michael Geiger's Moe's Southwest Grill, he and his partner John Iaquinta fired back with a volley of cheese dip.
  • Helen Bond
  • 31,956 Reads 3 Shares
As chair of Arby's largest franchisee, Jeff Davis has led his family-owned business to new heights. Davis is quick to say the restaurant business is in his DNA...
  • By Helen Bond
  • 29,338 Reads
Minimum wage increases are threatening to erode profit margins and shake up the business model for many brands, but finding a sustainable solution is not easy. Michael Seid examines the situation from his seat on Connecticut's Low Wage Employer Advisory Board.
  • Michael Seid
  • 3,388 Reads 58 Shares
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Consumer marketing around the world is both the same and different from country to country. Adapting to the differences is critical in marketing a brand successfully overseas.
  • Bill Edwards
  • 3,353 Reads 3 Shares
7 tips to increase your franchise sales, find the best candidates for your brand, and improve the performance of your sales team.
  • Steve Olson
  • 3,292 Reads 22 Shares
When we last profiled Jerry Heath in 2010, the Michigan native was busy operating 11 Hungry Howie's pizza restaurants and had recently become involved with Jimmy John's, opening 5 units.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 7,528 Reads 10 Shares
Nearly seven years after the recession ended, the U.S. economy has become a slow-growth machine. In these years of sluggish growth, the franchise business model has found ways to expand.
  • Darrell Johnson
  • 1,990 Reads
Van Jakes played cornerback in the NFL for eight years, routinely pestering receivers up and down the field while playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Green Bay Packers.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 9,542 Reads 19 Shares
Let's start with what's an Acai berry. Looking like a cross between a grape and a blueberry, the açaí (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a small, reddish-purple fruit harvested from palm trees that grow around the Amazon River Basin.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,110 Reads 11 Shares
In the U.S. we are privileged to have many women senior franchise executives (some of whom are profiled in this issue--Editors).
  • William Edward
  • 2,186 Reads
So many good things are happening so fast in franchising these days, it's hard to keep up (even for us!). So welcome to "Good News" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, milestones, and other positive news from franchisors large, medium, and emerging.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,890 Reads
Scott Richburg, a former U.S. Army National Guard officer and owner of an engineering consulting firm, smiles when he recalls the learning curve he faced when he bought his first Sport Clips franchise in 2003.
  • Debbie Selinsky
  • 4,822 Reads 1 Shares
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